Samantha Tucker is creating a new American Dream
1
patron
$9
per month
Give it up for Fascism!

My name is Sam. I'm a writer from the small but diverse military community of Fountain, Colorado. Both of my grandmothers immigrated to America with my enlisted, white-trash grandfathers; one pair met in Germany, and the other in South Korea. It is not hyperbolic to say my family was made by war. When my brother was killed in Iraq in 2008, my family was unmade by war. 

I'm tired of waiting for other people to fix this world. And because I know all the best people, I'm asking you to participate in the creation of an altruistic media empire--a magazine, a podcast, a storytelling series, a platform for the voiceless--about the ways we are undone by the promise of the American Dream. I need to share my stories; I need to share your stories too.

I am asking you to search, with me, for a kinder American Dream.

...


Mine is a faded, Kodachrome America: Welfare'd and Wal-Mart'd, stylish and bankrupt, impoverished and drugs/violence adjacent, accompanied by the Best. Fucking. Soundtrack. I have a half-Korean, Anita Baker-loving single mom with a massive laugh, a stubborn will, and that's how I got here:

over-educated
still kinda broke
all kinds of cheerful disdain
and in desperate search of art and activism.

Where are you?
And aren't you tired of waiting?
Our stories, our voices, are missing in this cacophony.  






Sam is a Colorado native and a Target-frequenting anti-Capitalist speaking in third person to lend an air of credibility to this bio. She is currently writing/educating/protesting inequality from Columbus, Ohio, where she just completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Ohio State University. Sam has written for Ecotone, Bust, The American Literary Review, The Toast, and Guernica. Her essay "Fountain Girls" is a listed notable in Best American Essays 2017. In second grade, Sam wrote, illustrated, and self-published a biography about Big Foot, and then the author proceeded to graduate from the MA Nonfiction program at Colorado State University (2014). Sam's first collection of essays, The American Dream Starts Here, is ready for a publisher. Sam is working on a memoir, probably about poverty. Ugh, poverty. Sam is also building her social media platform with a really cool Instagram, @tuckersamantha. Sam is an over-achiever. Sam has also now decided she will soon start a podcast about the lives of stoner graduate students called "It's Higher Ed." She'll podcast like no one is listening. Sam plays roller derby, because a person can never be too interesting. Sam loves Prince. Good job, Sam.

Sam is represented by Katie Kotchman at Don Congdon Associates





Tiers
The Validation Station
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you so much for helping me create full-time. Could you also call my mom and tell her to respect my life?


Validation Station Members get all access to:


  • Patreon blogposts  
  • The WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK PODCAST
  • Invitations to storytelling events
  • One personalized haiku* a year. 



*Haikus given on

one holiday of your choice 

(Not Columbus Day)



Affirmation Avenue
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Affirmation Avenue Affiliates get all access to:

 

  • Patreon blogposts  
  • The WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK PODCAST
  • Invitations to storytelling events
  • One personalized haiku* a year.   


and


  • A monthly exclusive invite to my latest Spotify playlist: carefully crafted playlists, songs chosen to optimize creative flow, organized to prevent social media malaise. They'll have a good beat and they're easy to dance to. 




Road Less Traveled
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Isn't that, like, a tank of gas? 


If you'll take the Road Less Traveled with me, you'll have access to:


  • The Write Map: A Monthly Writing Advice e-letter. 


and


  • Patreon blogposts  
  • The WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK PODCAST
  • Invitations to storytelling events
  • One personalized haiku* a year.   
  • A monthly exclusive invite to my latest Spotify playlist
Route 66
$66 or more per month 0 patrons
It's you and me on the Main Street of America, bouncing off potholes, narrowly dodging collapsing bridges, drowning in American metaphors.


And for $66 a month, I will vomit, and you'll have access to:


  • A professional revamp of your resume and cover letter 

OR

  • Professional editing of the document of your choice (limit 25 pages) 


and


  • The Write Map: A Monthly Writing Advice e-letter. 
  • Patreon blogposts  
  • The WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK PODCAST
  • Invitations to storytelling events
  • One personalized haiku* a year.   
  • A monthly exclusive invite to my latest Spotify playlist



**Ohio Roller Derby Photo courtesy of Chainsaw

www.ohiorollerderby.com

Manifest Destiny
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
What are you, some kind of hedge fund manager----?

---what I mean to say is 

I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL and you will gain access to:


  • A personlized thank you in the acknowledgements of my first book.
  • My mom will call you to say thank you (I am not responsible for anything she says after that).


And of course,

  • A professional revamp of your resume and cover letter 


and


  • Professional editing of the document of your choice (limit 25 pages) 


plus


  • The Write Map: A Monthly Writing Advice E-letter. 
  • Patreon blogposts  
  • The WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK PODCAST
  • Invitations to storytelling events
  • One personalized haiku* a year.   
  • A monthly exclusive invite to my latest Spotify playlist



Goals
$9 of $3,000 per month
When I reach $3000 per month, I'll be able to launch a magazine called The American Dream Starts Here, featuring your stories about work, money, and life in the USA. 

$3000 a month allows me to create the magazine full-time (and the podcast, and storytelling events, and interviews, and the like). It will also allow me pay contributors to the magazine. Your stories and art deserve payment, too.
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Give it up for Fascism!

My name is Sam. I'm a writer from the small but diverse military community of Fountain, Colorado. Both of my grandmothers immigrated to America with my enlisted, white-trash grandfathers; one pair met in Germany, and the other in South Korea. It is not hyperbolic to say my family was made by war. When my brother was killed in Iraq in 2008, my family was unmade by war. 

I'm tired of waiting for other people to fix this world. And because I know all the best people, I'm asking you to participate in the creation of an altruistic media empire--a magazine, a podcast, a storytelling series, a platform for the voiceless--about the ways we are undone by the promise of the American Dream. I need to share my stories; I need to share your stories too.

I am asking you to search, with me, for a kinder American Dream.

...


Mine is a faded, Kodachrome America: Welfare'd and Wal-Mart'd, stylish and bankrupt, impoverished and drugs/violence adjacent, accompanied by the Best. Fucking. Soundtrack. I have a half-Korean, Anita Baker-loving single mom with a massive laugh, a stubborn will, and that's how I got here:

over-educated
still kinda broke
all kinds of cheerful disdain
and in desperate search of art and activism.

Where are you?
And aren't you tired of waiting?
Our stories, our voices, are missing in this cacophony.  






Sam is a Colorado native and a Target-frequenting anti-Capitalist speaking in third person to lend an air of credibility to this bio. She is currently writing/educating/protesting inequality from Columbus, Ohio, where she just completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Ohio State University. Sam has written for Ecotone, Bust, The American Literary Review, The Toast, and Guernica. Her essay "Fountain Girls" is a listed notable in Best American Essays 2017. In second grade, Sam wrote, illustrated, and self-published a biography about Big Foot, and then the author proceeded to graduate from the MA Nonfiction program at Colorado State University (2014). Sam's first collection of essays, The American Dream Starts Here, is ready for a publisher. Sam is working on a memoir, probably about poverty. Ugh, poverty. Sam is also building her social media platform with a really cool Instagram, @tuckersamantha. Sam is an over-achiever. Sam has also now decided she will soon start a podcast about the lives of stoner graduate students called "It's Higher Ed." She'll podcast like no one is listening. Sam plays roller derby, because a person can never be too interesting. Sam loves Prince. Good job, Sam.

Sam is represented by Katie Kotchman at Don Congdon Associates





Recent posts by Samantha Tucker

Tiers
The Validation Station
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you so much for helping me create full-time. Could you also call my mom and tell her to respect my life?


Validation Station Members get all access to:


  • Patreon blogposts  
  • The WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK PODCAST
  • Invitations to storytelling events
  • One personalized haiku* a year. 



*Haikus given on

one holiday of your choice 

(Not Columbus Day)



Affirmation Avenue
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Affirmation Avenue Affiliates get all access to:

 

  • Patreon blogposts  
  • The WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK PODCAST
  • Invitations to storytelling events
  • One personalized haiku* a year.   


and


  • A monthly exclusive invite to my latest Spotify playlist: carefully crafted playlists, songs chosen to optimize creative flow, organized to prevent social media malaise. They'll have a good beat and they're easy to dance to. 




Road Less Traveled
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Isn't that, like, a tank of gas? 


If you'll take the Road Less Traveled with me, you'll have access to:


  • The Write Map: A Monthly Writing Advice e-letter. 


and


  • Patreon blogposts  
  • The WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK PODCAST
  • Invitations to storytelling events
  • One personalized haiku* a year.   
  • A monthly exclusive invite to my latest Spotify playlist
Route 66
$66 or more per month 0 patrons
It's you and me on the Main Street of America, bouncing off potholes, narrowly dodging collapsing bridges, drowning in American metaphors.


And for $66 a month, I will vomit, and you'll have access to:


  • A professional revamp of your resume and cover letter 

OR

  • Professional editing of the document of your choice (limit 25 pages) 


and


  • The Write Map: A Monthly Writing Advice e-letter. 
  • Patreon blogposts  
  • The WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK PODCAST
  • Invitations to storytelling events
  • One personalized haiku* a year.   
  • A monthly exclusive invite to my latest Spotify playlist



**Ohio Roller Derby Photo courtesy of Chainsaw

www.ohiorollerderby.com

Manifest Destiny
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
What are you, some kind of hedge fund manager----?

---what I mean to say is 

I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL and you will gain access to:


  • A personlized thank you in the acknowledgements of my first book.
  • My mom will call you to say thank you (I am not responsible for anything she says after that).


And of course,

  • A professional revamp of your resume and cover letter 


and


  • Professional editing of the document of your choice (limit 25 pages) 


plus


  • The Write Map: A Monthly Writing Advice E-letter. 
  • Patreon blogposts  
  • The WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK PODCAST
  • Invitations to storytelling events
  • One personalized haiku* a year.   
  • A monthly exclusive invite to my latest Spotify playlist